Current Fellows

Benjamin Berey received his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance from the University of Florida in 2020.  He is working on examining how individual differences in facets of impulsivity and subjective responses are related to heavy drinking and AUD risk.  Funded by the NIAAA T32.

Jaqueline Avila Contrera received her Ph.D. in Population Health Science from the University of Texas in 2020.  Her work focuses is on how tobacco use and smoking cessation disparities impact health outcomes and health services utilization of vulnerable populations.  Funded by the CADRE.

Hannah Doucette received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in 2020.  Her research interests include the development of interventions for adolescents and young adults focused on substance use, dating violence, and sexual risk behavior.  Funded by the NIAAA T32.

Arryn Guy received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 20202.  Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of community-informed behavioral health interventions for racial/ethnic and sexual gender minorities living with HIV.  Funded by the Adolescent/Young Adult Biobehavioral HIV T32 at Rhode Island Hospital.           

Michelle Haikalis received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2019.  Her work studies the intersection of alcohol use and sexual violence through the use of laboratory, naturalistic, self-report and qualitative methodologies.  Funded by the NIAAA T32.

Nathan Kearns received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of North Texas in 2020.  His research takes a biopsychosocial approach to examining etiological mechanisms and developmental pathways between posttraumatic stress, (poly)substance use, and substance-related outcomes.  Funded by the NIDA T32.

Gabriela Lopez received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2020.  Her work focuses on the intersection of alcohol use and sexual violence among sexual minority women.  Funded by the NIAAA T32.   

Samuel Meisel received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Buffalo (SUNY) in 2020.  His research takes a bio-ecological approach to study the initiation, escalation, and treatment of adolescent substance use.  Funded by an NIAAA F32. 

Melissa Pielech received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2019.  Her research interests are in pediatric chronic pain and opioid use disorders, family-based treatment approaches, and implementation science.  Funded by a NIDA F32.

Samantha Portis received her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida in 2020.  Her research explores the impact of chronic alcohol misuse on neurogenesis and cognitive function in an aging population and the potential rescue effects of a nutraceutical.  Funded by the NIAAA T32.

Robert Rosales received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Boston College in 2018.  His research concentrates on ethnoracial behavioral health outcomes and the impact of policy on ethnoracial minorities’ access to behavioral health care.  Funded by the NIAAA T32.

L. Morgan Snell received her Ph.D. in Healthcare Policy and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020.  She uses behavioral economic methods to investigate tobacco and substance use disparities.  Funded by the NIDA T32.

Natasha Sokol received her Sc.D. in Social Epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2018.  Her research identifies the processes that contribute to inequities in drug use, treatment, and consequences throughout the life course and intergenerationally.  Funded by the NIAAA T32.

Angela Stevens received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2019.  Her research interests include the interplay of impulsivity, impaired control, and problematic alcohol and cannabis use in young adults.  Funded by the NIDA T32.

David Zelaya received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University in 2019.  His research focuses on examining health disparities, from an intersectionality and minority stress lens, among marginalized populations.  Funded by the Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH).